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Choose to pay your council tax bill by Direct Debit, online, by telephone, post or via your bank or building society.

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Set up a Direct Debit

Sometimes we may call or text you. Calls will be from 0203 3230 201 and texts will be from from LBCroydon. Within the texts we use the URL – this is a genuine communication from Croydon Council. 

Setting up a Direct Debit is simple and easy and is the most efficient way for us to collect your instalments.

Setting up a Direct Debit allows you to:

  • choose from 4 monthly instalment dates
  • extend your payments over 12 months instead of the usual 10
  • pay us automatically, avoiding reminders
  • spread your payments out over the year

How to set up a Direct Debit

To set up a Direct Debit, complete a council tax Direct Debit instruction form.

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You will need your council tax account reference number for the bill you want to pay, if you know it.

Some banks and building societies may not accept Direct Debit instructions. For example, card cash accounts, post office accounts and most savings accounts will not. Check with your provider first before proceeding.

Set your instalment dates

If you choose to pay your council tax by Direct Debit you can have a choice of 4  dates to suit you. For example, choose the 1st, 5th, 15th or 25th of the month for payment.

Change your bank details

To change the bank details on your existing Direct Debit, complete the council tax Direct Debit instruction form with your new bank account information. This will update your details.

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If you wish to simply change the date of your Direct Debit, contact us. If you are emailing us with your change of date then include your name, account number and preferred date.

Croydon Council Tax team
Telephone: 020 8726 7000 
Payment line: 0345 300 0614 (option 3)

If you've already set up a Direct Debit

If you currently pay your council tax by Direct Debit, you do not need to tell us each year. We will continue to take Debit Debits until you tell us otherwise.